St. Louis auto repair business says thieves hijacked company to steal from customers - KMOV.com

St. Louis auto repair business says thieves hijacked company to steal from customers

(KMOV) – The owner of a St. Louis County auto repair business says thieves stole her company’s address in order to swindle thousands of dollars from car buyers across the country.

“I feel really sorry for them,” said Adrianne Key, an owner of British Cars, referring to the victims of the thieves. Key said she has been contacted by almost 40 consumers who said they were trying to buy a car from Dream or Millennium Auto Centers, neither of which exist.

The thieves had created numerous fake auto repair companies and used Key’s business address as their own.

A St. Louis County Police detective said another police agency asked him to investigate the Lindbergh location after a consumer claimed she had been conned out of several thousand dollars.

“It’s a simple matter for thieves to set up a fancy-looking website, fake some photos and fabricate a few sales documents,” said Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO. “Consumers have to be smart enough and careful enough to avoid these crooks.”

In June, both Key and the BBB warned a man from Minnesota about the frauds and stopped him from making a $6,500 dollar down payment on a vehicle.

One customer showed Key a picture of a warehouse filled with vehicles that were supposed to be at her business, but Key said the photo was not taken at her business.

“I just don’t want to see any more people hurt,” Key said.

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